Japanese home cooking recipes vol.5 – Okonomiyaki

Battle of Okonomiyaki between Osaka and Hiroshima If you have been to Japan and tried okonomiyaki you would agree that it is one of the tastiest Japanese dishes. But did you know there is a long-standing battle between Osaka and Hiroshima style okonomiyaki? If you spoke to people of Osaka, they would say Osaka is…

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Hanami and Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) in Japan

Needless to say, Sakura (cherry blossoms) would be the biggest attraction during spring in Japan for many people. The cherry blossoms usually start fully blooming in the southern part of Japan around the end of March and gradually move up to the northern part of Japan. The blooming time is only for a week or…

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Valentine’s Day in Japan

chocolates display in pink and red on Valentine's Day in Japan blog

What is Valentine’s Day in Japan like? Is Valentine’s Day celebrated in Japan? Valentine’s Day occurs every February 14th around the world and generally people exchange candy, flowers and gifts between loved ones and special friends. Indeed, when the tradition started men gave gifts to ladies they secretly admired. The mysterious far eastern country, Japan,…

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Setsubun in Japan

Setsubun, Japanese culture, ritual, tradition, Japanese foods

Setsubun “節分” is the day before the beginning of spring in the old calendar in Japan (This year it was 2nd February). On this day, we throw soybeans to Oni (demons) while shouting “Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi! (Devils out, Fortune in!)”. The Mame maki (throwing beans) and eating a whole Sushi roll (Eho-maki)…

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Winter in Hokkaido and Sapporo Snow Festival

sapporo snow festival, winter, hokkaido

If you are thinking about a winter trip to Japan, we highly recommend you include Hokkaido where you can have the best snow and winter experience! Hokkaido is the northern end of Japan’s island and the largest prefecture in Japan. The capital city of Hokkaido is Sapporo, and it takes just less than 2 hours…

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Japanese home cooking recipes vol.4 – Tempura

vegetables and seafood tempura, home cooking recipe, haze removed

Tempura must be one of the most well-known Japanese dishes. It feels so special to sit at the counter of a tempura restaurant to watch a skilled chef frying away crisp fresh tempura in front of you. However, it is also surprisingly easy to make it at home. It is delicious and morish. Why not…

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Christmas and New Year in Japan

Christmas illumination in Roppongi Japan

Hove you ever wondered how Christmas and New Year are celebrated in Japan? As the city transitions from autumn into winter, millions of colourful illuminations are displayed everywhere in Japan, turning whole country into a sparkling magical world during the Christmas season! Fresh cold air and clear winter sky, the festive season somehow makes us…

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Japanese home recipes vol.3 – Karaage and Potato Salad

Japanese home cooking recipe, karaage, Japanese style potato salad, beer

In this issue, I will share with you my Japanese home cooking recipes for chicken karaage and Japanese style potato salad. Chicken karaage is no doubt one of everyone’s favourite Japanese dishes. It is a popular Izakaya item and great street food. It is quite simple to make once you learn a few tricks like…

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Must-try Top 5 Street Food in Japan

Western people eating takoyaki, street food in Japan, Japanese food, at Dotonbori district of Osaka, by journey to the east

On this blog, I will introduce you to must-try Top 5 Street Food dishes in Japan that can be found all year-round. There is a wide range of choices in the Japanese food scene from yatai* and izakaya style local pubs to Michelin starred restaurants. You will also be amazed by varieties of packed obento…

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